Special Thank You’s
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rev. Guy Weatherly for providing an inspirational sermon on Sunday, January 7th and for leading us through Holy Communion. Thanks, too, to Debbie Stephens for providing the elements and the volunteers to make communion possible.
RESTORE has reopened under new management in 2018. Carmen Santiago is leading our team of volunteers this year. Although we are currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our shrinking volunteer base and the coverage of other food banks in the Riverview area may mean that we will go to a once-a-week operation. We can always use additional volunteers to distribute food, to pick up surplus food at local grocery stores, and to manage the RESTORE Thrift Store. If you are interested in volunteering at RESTORE, contact Carmen at (813)992-6340. We look forward expectantly to serving our community well into our second decade.
RESTORE will be partnering with our United Methodist Men to reduce a pent-up inventory of clothing, toys, books, and appliances at a combined yard sale to be held on Saturday, January 27th. We will be open on the front lawn of the church. Stop by and see if there are any hidden treasures to be had.
A Great New Year’s Resolution
In 2018, we should resolve that it’s a great time to let our RUMC shut-ins know that they are still in our thoughts and prayers. Here is the latest list of shut-ins from the church office.
- Verlin O’Neal at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail Apt #211, Spring Hill, FL 34608 1-352-610-9201
- Johnny Jones, 13220 Balm Boyette Rd. Riverview, FL 33578 689-7604
- Sandra Sprang, 12406 Tocci Lane Riverview, FL 33579 677-0709
- Rudy Rattman, 6509 Reed Dr. Riverview, FL 33578, 677-1750
Our most recent shut-in is Jetty Miller. Jetty is currently at the Palm Garden rehab facility in Sun City Center, but her family is hoping to move her soon to the Aston Gardens assisted living facility in Sun City Center. The office should have address and phone contact information for Jetty soon.
From Our Pastor
I have spoken to our District Superintendent, and I have sent my official letter of retirement to Bishop Carter. It has really hit me hard, because now my June retirement feels “official”.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to what God has for us as a church family in the days ahead. We really must pull together and honor our awesome Lord by remaining faithful and obedient to Him as we strive to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!”
I want to finish well, and I will need all your prayers and support. I will continue to uphold each of you in my prayers! God’s many blessings to each of you.